prevail /prɪˈveɪl/ verb [I]
› to get control or influence in a particular situation: prevail over sth They complained that corporate interests often prevailed over the needs of the individual.
› formal to win in an argument, court case, etc.: prevail in sth If they prevail in the court case, they could receive up to $10,000 each.
› to be common among a group of people or in an area at a particular time: This attitude still prevails in parts of Europe.prevail among sb Secrecy prevails among the banking lobbies.